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Dr. Banks, former Eckerd professor

Dr. Samuel A. Banks, a former professor of human development and director of foundation relations at Eckerd College, died Tuesday (Sept. 12, 2000) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was 72.

Dr. Banks, a former faculty member of the University of Florida College of Medicine, was admitted to the hospital Friday after a stroke, his third in recent years, his wife said.

He came to Eckerd in 1987 after stints as president of Dickinson College and the University of Richmond. At Eckerd, he continued to teach until about 3{ years ago.

At UF in the 1960s, he carried the dual titles of professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine and professor of religion in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also served as senior chaplain at the J. Hillis Miller Health Center.

Dr. Banks was a practicing clinical psychologist and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

A native Floridian, he was born in Frostproof and graduated from Lakeland High School. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Duke University. He received a master's degree in theology from Emory University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Chicago.

He was a member of the boards of trustees of Thomas Jefferson University, University of Richmond, Dickinson College and Bethune-Cookman College.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Joanne T.; two sons, Andrew, Bermuda, and Piers, Frankfort, Ky.; a daughter, Lisa Leiser-Banks, Wake Forest, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Griffin Chapel at the Eckerd College campus, 4200 54th Ave. S.

_ Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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